FOREWORDS

Message from Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC

GOVERNOR OF NEW SOUTH WALES

The health and wellbeing of our children is everyone’s responsibility. As Patron of New South Wales Police Legacy, I am honoured to contribute a message to all parents, carers, teachers and members of the community who will read this new edition of the Child Safety Handbook.

Within these pages is a wealth of pro-active and preventative measures to keep our youngest and most vulnerable members of our community healthy and safe – at school and at home, with family members and with friends, while on the street and online, and during outdoor play and natural emergencies.

I congratulate New South Wales Police Legacy for its continuing commitment to providing a copy of this invaluable and updated resource  to parents of primary school-aged children throughout our State.

Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC
Governor of New South Wales

Foreword by NSW Premier

There is no higher priority than protecting our children, and because of this, I am very proud to support NSW Police Legacy’s Child Safety Handbook.

The greatest tool available to combat youth vulnerability is through knowledge. The Child Safety Handbook is an excellent tool designed to communicate prevention strategies to parents, families, friends and citizens.

The following pages contain important information that can save lives and I encourage you to take the time to read through them thoroughly.

I congratulate NSW Police Legacy for its invaluable work and commitment to providing such a valuable resource to help protect the youngest members of our society.

Premier-E-Sig-(GB)

Gladys Berejiklian MP
Premier of New South Wales
Member for Willoughby

Foreword by NSW Commissioner of Police

Childhood should be full of happy memories, as kids learn about the world and develop skills they need as they grow and learn. While lack of inhibition and risk taking are characteristic of growing children they can also be vulnerable, particularly in circumstances that they have not previously experienced. The best preparation for those times is learning.

Knowledge is power and the NSW Police Legacy Child Safety Handbook gives power to parents, carers and teachers in the form of advice on safety at school, at home, indoors, outdoors and on personal safety. It also provides advice on what to do in emergencies. Prevention from harm is the best way to protect our children and this booklet focuses on practical ways that we can prevent our children from coming into harm’s way.

This edition of the handbook continues NSW Police Legacy’s tradition of community support. Its work, tireless and worthwhile, has the support of all members of the NSW Police Force. Well done and thank you to NSW Police Legacy and to the businesses that have supported this publication M.J.Fuller APM Commissioner of Police.

M.J Fuller APM
Commissioner of Police

Foreword by NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services

As the Minister for Police and a father of two, I am honoured to support the NSW Police Legacy’s Child Safety Handbook.

Children are the most vulnerable members of our society, and protecting the most vulnerable is our foremost priority. Knowledge is the most valuable tool we can give parents and guardians to keep their children safe, at home, at school, and in the community.

The Child Safety Handbook does a great job empowering parents and guardians with a toolkit on the latest up-to-date  prevention strategies.

I congratulate NSW Police Legacy on the continuation of this work and encourage parents and guardians to continue using this invaluable resource.

The Hon David Elliott MP
NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services